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Japan’s Hayashi boycotts G-20 dinner in protest against Russia

NUSA DUA, Indonesia – Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi did not show up to a welcome dinner of the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday in protest against his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov’s attendance, according to a Japanese government official.   Hayashi is visiting the Indonesian island of Bali for a two-day meeting of the G-20 foreign ministers that began Thursday.  ….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 8:34 p.m.
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UN Secretary General Guterres to attend Hiroshima peace memorial ceremony 

Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that they learned from the Hiroshima city government that UN Secretary General Guterres is planning to attend the annual peace memorial ceremony on Aug 6. He will be the second secretary general to attend the ceremony after Ban Ki Moon became the first in 2010. Although he planned to attend the ceremony in 2020 and 2021, he….Read more

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Opinion: Overcome politics that block efforts to ban nuclear weapons

By Akiyama Nobumasa, professor at the School of International and Public Policy and the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University   (Interviewed by Igarashi Tomoko)   [The first meeting of parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)] was meaningful in that many countries participated and confirmed their resolve to abolish nuclear weapons at a time….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

G-7 agrees Russia is responsible for global food crisis

TOKYO – Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed Friday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a breadbasket of the world, has triggered the current global food crisis.   The G-7 “made clear that Russia’s war against Ukraine is exacerbating food insecurity, including by blocking the Black Sea, bombing grain silos and ports, and damaging Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure,”….Read more

  • June 25, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 0:09 a.m.
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Editorial: Onus on nuclear powers to work with nuclear ban treaty members

Countries that do not possess nuclear arsenals are reaching out to nuclear-armed nations to reduce and eventually scrap their stockpiles. It falls to the nuclear powers to sincerely respond to this call in light of their responsibility to explore ways of cooperation between the opposing camps.   The first meeting of parties to the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)….Read more

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Editorial: Nuclear ban treaty a chance for world to strive for disarmament

The first meeting of parties to the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty held in Vienna has closed after adopting a statement aimed at achieving the abolition of nuclear arms. In the declaration, the parties expressed strong concern over nuclear powers and those under the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” continuing their dependence on nuclear deterrence and failing to work on reducing that….Read more

  • June 25, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Editorial: Japan should join UN nuclear weapons ban treaty’s 1st meeting

The first meeting of parties to the United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty will kick off on June 21 in Vienna. It is of significance for different states aiming to achieve a world without nuclear weapons to gather under one roof, as the use of such weapons of mass destruction has become a credible threat amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.….Read more

  • June 21, 2022
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Foreign Ministry official explains why Japan will skip nuclear ban meeting

The first meeting under a UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons will take place next week in Austria. But Japanese representatives will not be there, even as observers.   NHK World spoke with a government official about the decision, which has angered Japan’s atomic bomb survivors.   The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, or TPNW, was adopted in….Read more

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Editorial: Japan must help reform dysfunctional UN Security Council

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spotlighted the dysfunction at the United Nations Security Council. And it is in this situation that Japan will join the council as a non-permanent member starting in January, hoping to contribute to the restructuring of international order and to build momentum for U.N. reform.   This will be the 12th time that Japan will serve….Read more

  • June 20, 2022
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POLITICS

Abductees’ relatives call for intl. cooperation to repatriate loved ones

Relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago have appealed for international cooperation to bring their loved ones back home.   They took part in an online UN symposium on the abduction issue on Thursday. The event was jointly held by Japan, the United States, Australia and the European Union.   Yokota Takuya, a younger brother of abductee….Read more

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